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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Zelensky to Kissinger: The world didn’t adapt to the Nazis, we’re not adapting to Putin

Zelensky to Kissinger: The world didn’t adapt to the Nazis, we’re not adapting to Putin

May 26, 2022

(JTA) — Ukraine’s Jewish president Volodymyr Zelensky brought up the Holocaust to snap back at former Jewish U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who argued this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that Ukraine should...

A “selfie” of the writer, Tatiana Glezer

I was a proud Jew in Russia. When the war in Ukraine began, I knew I had to leave

Tatiana Glezer, Special For The Jewish Light April 30, 2022

Editor’s Note: The Jewish Light learned of Russian Jew Tatiana Glezer, 41, and her plight through a network of friends in the United States. Largely fluent in English, she agreed to write her story exclusively for the Light. Many thanks to author and...

Volodymyr Zelensky’s Jewish parents have refused interviews. But their city’s rabbi is talking about them.

Volodymyr Zelensky’s Jewish parents have refused interviews. But their city’s rabbi is talking about them.

April 27, 2022

(JTA) — Their son may be on TV every night, but the parents of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have consistently declined countless requests for interviews about their own lives. The rabbi of their hometown of Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine’s east,...

Shoah Foundation shares ‘lost’ testimony of Holocaust survivor who died in Mariupol

Shoah Foundation shares ‘lost’ testimony of Holocaust survivor who died in Mariupol

April 27, 2022

(JTA) — The 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Vanda Semyonovna Obiedkova died near her home in Mariupol, Ukraine, April 4, while the city was under a devastating Russian attack. Her family believed that her survivor testimony died with her. Obiedkova...

How St. Louisan Edward Tsimerman got his friends out of Russia

How St. Louisan Edward Tsimerman got his friends out of Russia

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light April 27, 2022

Eight years ago, during a photography workshop in Greece, Edward Tsimerman met Anastasia and Ilyia, a Russian couple (they asked that their last name not be used). Tsimerman, a Jewish St. Louisan, kept in touch with the couple and in recent weeks, learned...

Example of a modern combat helmet (British Mk 6 with cloth cover). Credit: Richard Harvey via Wikimedia Commons.

Israel to send protective gear to emergency-service providers in Ukraine

April 21, 2022

(JNS) Israel will send helmets and vests to Ukraine’s rescue and emergency services, the Office of Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced on Wednesday. During a phone call between Gantz and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, the Israeli...

Ukrainian Jewish leader added to list of pro-Russia ‘traitors’

Ukrainian Jewish leader added to list of pro-Russia ‘traitors’

CNAAN LIPHSHIZ , JTA April 20, 2022

(JTA) — Ukraine’s government has placed Vadim Rabinovich, a lawmaker and Jewish community leader, on a list of 111 people it called traitors in the war with Russia. The list was published last week by Rukh Chesno, a nongovernmental organization...

Holocaust survivor, 91, perishes in store basement in Mariupol

Holocaust survivor, 91, perishes in store basement in Mariupol

Dovid Margolin, Chabad.org April 19, 2022

(Chabad.org/News via JNS) As she lay dying in a Mariupol basement, freezing and pleading for water, Holocaust survivor Vanda Semyonovna Obiedkova wanted to know only one thing: “Why is this happening?” Ill and emaciated during the last two weeks...

Doctors at the Israeli field hospital in Ukraine evaluating MRI images, March 2022. Photo by Naama Frank Azriel.

Jewish Federations of North America surpass $50 million mark for Ukrainian aid

April 18, 2022

(April 18, 2022 / JNS) The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) announced on Monday that it has surpassed its fundraising goal of $50 million for aid to Ukraine. According to a news release, the funds have been allocated to 35 NGOs operating...

Take the #Matzahchallenge for Ukraine

Take the #Matzahchallenge for Ukraine

April 18, 2022

The Jewish Federation of New York has brought back its annual #Matzahchallenge to help Ukraine. From April 15 - 23, each post uploaded to social media using the hashtag #MatzahChallenge will unlock $18 toward humanitarian aid for Ukraine, thanks to...

A TikTok rabbi helps Jewish Ukrainian refugees feel comfortable in Moldova shelters

A TikTok rabbi helps Jewish Ukrainian refugees feel comfortable in Moldova shelters

April 15, 2022

CHISINAU, Moldova (JTA) — MacBook under his arm and sporting the latest AirPods, Shimshon Izakson looked as if — with a change of outfit — he could have just stepped out of a hipster cafe in a trendy neighborhood of Moscow or Bucharest.  But he...

Polish-Jewish journalist quits newspaper after it demands different description of ‘neo-Nazi’ Ukrainian militia

Polish-Jewish journalist quits newspaper after it demands different description of ‘neo-Nazi’ Ukrainian militia

April 15, 2022

(JTA) — One of Poland’s most prominent journalists, Konstanty Gebert, said he is quitting what many regard as the country’s newspaper of record after it demanded that he describe Ukraine’s controversial Azov Battalion as “far-right”...

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